Canon: The Eighth Doctor Adventures, The Eighth Doctor Audios
Alias: John Smith. ΘΣ. The Doctor. The Bringer of Darkness, the Oncoming Storm and the Evergreen Man. President of the High Council of the Time Lords, Keeper of the Legacy of Rassilon, Defender of the Laws of Time and Protector of Gallifrey. Various unrepeatable things, and, of course-Oi, you, get off my planet!
Species: Part human, on his mother’s side. Maybe.
Planet of Origin: Gallifrey
Occupation: Meddler. Snoop. Eavesdropper. Nuisance. Time tourist. Official stick-er in of oars, and renegade Time Lord
Physical Description: One of the Doctor’s shorter regenerations-though at five feet and nine inches, not the shortest-the Eighth Doctor is a lean, even bony, humanoid with a wiry build. He appears to be a human male, in his late thirties or early forties, with a rather Byronic face that’s entirely at odds with his personality.
Fair skinned and chestnut haired, Eighth Doctor tends to be long haired and clean shaven, though he has, at times, worn a beard and cut his hair short. His eyes are blue early in the regeneration, but change to green later thanks to an unfortunate paradox. He is most often seen wearing an Edwardian Morning Suit with a frock coat in various colors (and states of repair), but has also been seen in trousers and a shirt, and wearing a fez. He carries a pocket watch that has no hands.
Personality: A genial, romantic, tea swilling time tourist turned hero, and more than a bit of the Absentminded Professor sort, the Eighth Doctor is at once both kind, passionate, youthful, and downright silly, but also cold, cruel, and violent. This incarnation shows a great deal of youthful enthusiasm, love, and naiveté, that’s at odds with the fact that he’s the one most often asked to preform acts of aggression-is in fact, at some points, more than willing to hurt and even kill to achieve his goal. The Eighth Doctor is a terrible punster, a model train enthusiast, a skilled musician, a pickpocket, and fan of Earth’s Saturday morning cartoons and comics. He’s rather fond of butterflies, but not entirely sure on his feelings towards cats.
The Eight Doctor’s story begins with the end of the Seventh, caught in the crossfire of a gang war in San Francisco and accidentally killed by the doctor attempting to save his life. At the time, the Doctor was transporting the remains of The Master back to Gallifrey; The Master, however was not dead, and managed to take possession of a human man. The Master attempted to steal the Doctor’s remaining regenerations by opening the Eye of Harmony, nearly destroying Earth in the process. He was stopped by the Doctor with the help of Doctor Grace Holloway, the Master apparently dying once and for all.
Refused by Grace, the Doctor would go on to meet Sam Jones in Shoreditch, London, who he would go on to travel with. Shortly after meeting her, the Doctor would leave Sam at a Greenpeace rally for three years (or only an hour, to her point of view) while he traveled with Ssard and Stacy Townsend, as well as reconnecting with Bernice Summerfield and the Brigadier, and meeting Mary Shelly before collecting Sam again.
Suspected of murder because of the Doctor’s interference, Fitz Kreiner joined the TARDIS crew while in the 60s. Eventually abducted and brainwashed by Faction Paradox, Fitz would be cloned by the Faction a number of times before his future incarnation meets Sam and The Doctor. His current clone was convinced to let the Doctor restore him to the original version of Fitz by the TARDIS’s telepathic circuits when the Doctor assumed the original was dead. The Doctor and Fitz deal with a paradox wherein they learn that Sam’s past was altered to make her the “perfect traveling companion.” On meeting the original Dark Sam, the Doctor chooses to let her die so that Blonde Sam can return to his reality. Later with both Sam and the Original Fitz gone, The Doctor would travel with the cloned Fitz and Compassion, another future member of Faction Paradox turned renegade, as well as once again meeting up with Iris Wildthyme.
Unknown to the Doctor, Faction Paradox changed his timeline with the help of the Original Fitz, triggering the Third incarnation’s regeneration early, and infecting him with a Faction virus (after which, among many other things, his eyes changed from blue to green). At this point, the Doctor was forced to destroy Gallifrey to end the War in Heaven, which left him alone, TARDIS-less and amnestic on Earth. He would live on Earth, alone, for a century before reuniting with Fitz and Compassion, who had, by this point become a TARDIS, as well as the prototype for the War TARDIS breed.
The Doctor would later square off against Sabbath, who desired to create an explosion at Event One in order to destroy the all alternate time lines save one. When the explosion at Event One was prevented, realities began to merge into one another-the Doctor and his companions, Trix, Fitz, and Anji traveling between realities as the Doctor tried to restore the original reality. The Doctor began sacrificing lives and realities, including Fitz and Anji so that continuity would be saved and reality stabilized. In the end, though it was Sabbath himself that would restore the universe through self-sacrifice.
Later captured by a surviving Time Lord and accused of destroying Gallifrey, the Doctor is able to witness his face off with Grandfather Paradox, save for three missing minutes. Realizing that his earlier memory loss wasn’t due to trauma, but an intentional memory wipe, the Doctor discovers that he had downloaded the entirety of the Matrix into his own mind, giving him the ability to restore Gallifrey.
Later the Doctor travels with a brother and sister, Samson and Gemma Griffin, as well as Romana and K9.
While traveling alone, the Doctor is forced to land on Earth after a Vortisaur attack on the TARDIS. Landing aboard the airship R101, the Doctor meets a young woman by the name of Charley Pollard, saves her life by taking her aboard the TARDIS and damaging Time in the process. While traveling, Charley’s existence infects the universe with anti-time. The Doctor chose to sacrifice himself and his TARDIS and absorbed the anti-time, becoming Zagreus in the process and removing himself from time and space. Unfortunately, Charley chose to stow away on the TARDIS, making the Doctor’s sacrifice moot.
Charley, the Doctor and a new friend-C’rizz-would explore the divergent universe, eventually discovering a trap for the Doctor built by Rassilon. He would escape the time-less universe and Rassilon’s plot with the help of his friends, returning to normal time and space with Charley and C’Rizz. With C’Rizz’s later death, Charley chose to return home. Thanks to amnesia, the Doctor believes she has left him, when in truth Charley is in the year 500002, where she is rescued by the Sixth Doctor.
Later, while again traveling alone, the Doctor found himself with a new traveling companion when the Time Lords placed Lucie Miller on his TARDIS as a form of CIA “witness protection.” Lucie, as the Time Lords had seen, would grow to become a violent dictator in her future, a path they took great pains to avert. Lucie herself would learn that it was all a case of mistaken identity, but would go on traveling with the Doctor for some time before being replaced by Tamsin Drew. She would go on to travel with the Meddling Monk, but return to the Doctor when the Monk’s ways proved too violent for her taste.
The final days of the Doctor’s eighth incarnation are unknown, although he’s assumed to have been alone when he regenerated, a situation probably caused by the Time War.
The Eighth Doctor has, at various points, lost a heart, had a surveillance device implanted in his eye, regrew his heart, killed (and revived via doubling back on his own timeline), lost his memories, transformed, married, lost his memories again, adopted (his own future) a daughter, partially body swapped, irradiated, imbued with the Time Vortex, lost his memory again, and bought his own future corpse.
He appears to be one of the incarnations with a stronger grasp on his telepathy and Time Sense, but less on social skills, often telling people things about their future that they really should not know-such as their time and method of death-just for fun.
He has a Scouse accent.